Hill Building

Coordinates: 35°59′46″N 78°54′06″W / 35.996133°N 78.901749°W / 35.996133; -78.901749
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Hill Building
Durham Main Street.JPG
Historic View of Hill Building From Parrish Street
General information
Location111 Corcoran Street
Durham, North Carolina, US
Coordinates35°59′46″N 78°54′06″W / 35.996133°N 78.901749°W / 35.996133; -78.901749
Construction started1935
OwnerGreenfire Real Estate Holdings and 21c Museum Hotels
Management21c Museum and Hotels
Top floor17
Design and construction
Architect(s)George Watts Carr of Durham, NC was the Architect; Shreve, Lamb & Harmon of Empire State Bldg. fame were design consultants
DeveloperGreenfire Development

The Hill Building is a 17-story modernistic skyscraper located in Durham, North Carolina. Built in 1935–1937, the Hill Building was designed by New York City architecture firm Shreve, Lamb & Harmon,[1] best known for the design of the Empire State Building.

Named for John Sprunt Hill, and built to house the Durham Bank & Trust Company, the building is outfitted with Art Deco ornamentation, interior fluted doors and an exquisitely crafted letter box. The building is in the heart of downtown Durham, located at the intersection of Main and Corcoran Streets. The Hill building was home to Durham Bank & Trust and its successor, Central Carolina Bank and Trust, from 1937 until its 2005 purchase by SunTrust Banks,[2] which had its local headquarters in the building until 2006.[3]

Greenfire Real Estate Holdings, which bought the Hill Building in 2006, successfully renovated the building into a 165-room luxury hotel. The city of Durham voted to add $4.2 million after a September 20, 2010 public hearing regarding this plan, and Durham County voted to add $1 million. Greenfire hoped historic tax credits would provide $11 million, and other tax credits would add $4 million.[4][5][6]

In February 2013, Greenfire formed a joint venture with Kentucky-based hotel operator 21C Museum Hotels. Construction began in late July 2013 and was completed in 2015.

Skanska was in charge of the construction project in partnership with 21c Museum Hotels. The renovation also includes a plan for a contemporary art museum, upscale restaurants, bar and ballroom. The museum is open 24 hours per day and offers free admission. An estimated $48 million was spent to complete the entire renovation for the Hill Building.[7][8] The hotel itself was inducted into Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in 2019.[9]


  1. ^ "Hill Building". American Society of Civil Engineers - North Carolina. Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  2. ^ "Old Post Office/Hill, CCB, SunTrust Building/Main and Corcoran - NW". Endangered Durham. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  3. ^ Jack Hagel, "SunTrust Bank sells tower: The deal will double the bank's name in the skyline," News & Observer, July 15, 2006.
  4. ^ "Durham schedules hearing on hotel". News & Observer. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  5. ^ "Durham approves $4.2 million Greenfire deal". News & Observer. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  6. ^ "Top 10 story lines to follow in 2011". News & Observer. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  7. ^ 21c Museum Hotels (June 28, 2013). "Downtown Durham NC | Opening 2015". 21c Museum Hotels. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hill Building: Museum, Boutique Hotel & Restaurant in Durham, NC". 21c Museum Hotels. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hotel History - 21c Museum Hotel Durham by MGallery". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved 2022-12-14.

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